|Region||Autonomous Community of Asturias|
|Writing system||Latin alphabet|
|Official language in||None|
|Regulated by||Academy of the Asturian Language (Asturian)|
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Asturian (Asturianu, or bable,) is a Romance language of the West Iberian group, Astur-Leonese Subgroup, spoken in the Spanish province of Asturias by the Asturian people. In Asturias, even though it is not an official language, it is protected under the Autonomous Statute legislation and is an optional language at schools. As part of the Astur-leonese group, Asturian was formerly considered an informal dialect (basilect) of Spanish. In 1906, however, Ramón Menéndez Pidal showed that the language was a result of Latin evolution in the northern part of the Kingdom of León (910–1301) (successor to the former Kingdom of Asturias 718–925). Nowadays it is considered a separate language.
The language developed from Vulgar Latin with contributions from the pre-Roman languages, which were spoken in the territory of the Astures, an ancient tribe of the Iberian peninsula. Castilian Spanish came to the area later, in the 14th century, when the central administration sent emissaries and functionaries to occupy political and ecclesiastical offices. Nowadays, Asturian codification of Astur-Leonese spoken in the Asturian Autonomous Community has become a modern language, after the birth of "Academy of the Asturian Language" in 1980. Mirandese is very close to Asturian.
Much effort has been made since 1974 to protect and promote Asturian. In 1994, there were 100,000 first language speakers, and 450,000 second language speakers able to speak or understand Asturian. However, the situation of Asturian is critical, with a large decline in the number of speakers in the last 100 years.
At the end of the 20th century, the Academia de la Llingua Asturiana made efforts to provide the language with most of the tools needed by a language to ensure its survival: a grammar, a dictionary, and periodicals. A new generation of Asturian writers have also championed the language. These developments give the Asturian language a greater hope of survival.
Many internet pages use the Asturian language; the councils pages, the music groups pages and more. In this area, Ubuntu has the Asturian language as a normal language in their programs for computers. 
Although Spanish (Castellano) is the official language used in all schools in Asturias, children are offered optional classes in the Asturian Language from the age of 6. Also, with the new Bologna process people will be able to study Asturian Philology in the same way as Spanish Philology, and school-teachers will be able to do a speciality in the Asturian language. But these two possibilities can only be studied in the University of Oviedo (Asturias).
The grammar of Asturian resembles that of other Romance languages. Nouns have two genders (masculine and feminine), two numbers (singular and plural), and no cases. Adjectives can have a third gender (neuter), a grammatical phenomenon widely studied in the Asturian continuum and known as "matter-neutrality". Verbs agree with their subjects in person (first, second, or third) and number, and additionally are conjugated to indicate mood (indicative, subjunctive, conditional, or imperative), tense (often present or past; different moods allow different possible tenses), and aspect (perfective or imperfective).
|C, c||ce||/θ/, /k/|
|Y||ye, y griega||/i/|
|Z||zeta, zeda, ceda||/θ/|
|It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asturian language . (Discuss)|
It was the name used by Jovellanos in the XVIIIth century, and there were so many works about "Bable" in XIXth and XXth centuries.
The Autonomous Community of Asturias officially recognises this name in its Autonomic Statute:
"El Bable gozara de protección" (The Bable will have protection).
The new law for linguistic normalization calls the language "Bable/asturiano", and so books about Grammar or other linguistic considerations may also use this name for the language spoken in Asturias, Spain.
Only a bit more than 60% of Asturian believed that Asturian and Bable are the same language, and almost 70% believe that Spanish is one of the own languages of Asturias.